I still don’t have my computer fixed — but it is in hand! My brother has taken the offending (or should that be recalcitrant?) thing back to his place to fix and cajole back to life. A little mouth to mouth technical stuff.
In the meantime, I have discovered that my laptop has Window’s Movie Maker loaded on to it. Oh the joy! And with a couple of days available to me I have made a ‘trailer’ for my book. And uploaded it onto YouTube! Phew! Who knew I had the technology? And the knowhow?
Why a book trailer?
Recently, I was at a book signing for George Ivanoff and he had a book trailer playing on his laptop — it attracted people as they passed by. He mentioned that a book trailer is ‘all the go’ these days. I immediately decided to get me one of those! Then did absolutely nothing about it — scary thought, getting a book trailer. And how was I supposed to do it on a limited budget? And with no idea how to do it myself?
Here’s what happened next…
This week I had a little time on my hands and with the option of spending it playing spider solitaire or doing something constructive I opted for… okay, one or two games. But I soon found myself looking for something else to do — I could write some stuff or get something happening to promote Mis’ka: Rite of Ascension. I decided on the latter.
So, I Googled and found a great article about writing a book trailer.
Then I set about getting some ideas by viewing a few young adult book trailers online.
Then I wrote a ‘one-liner’ that best described my book — a very long hook if you like, that would get someone interested in reading the story. After I was satisfied I broke it down into bite-sized pieces and started searching for images to marry up with the words. I had to use a lot of symbolic images as it is difficult to get the exact pictures that I wanted (I used ‘free’ photos that are available to use as long as the photographers are given credit). Then I searched iStock for some suitable music — which you pay for but which is then royalty free.
The fun part was putting it together – I learnt as I went. And I’m sure that if I was a ‘professional’ doing this sort of stuff I would have done it differently. In fact, even now I keep coming up with ideas… but you’ve got to stop sometime!
Here’s the result…
I know I was going to talk about the premise of your story but I’ll do that next time…
Here are some links to help you with a book trailer: